Move over deli egg sandwiches, there’s a new sheriff in town.
The wonders of Southdown Coffee in Huntington are increasing by the day. Aside from top notch, carefully selected and roasted beans, dynamite zucchini bread and the most approachable staff this side of the Mason-Dixon, they have recently introduced the egg sandwich to end all egg sandwiches.
Scrambled eggs, light and fluffy and not overly hard, are layered onto a Portuguese roll, along with house-made tomato jam, pickled red onion, fresh arugula and smoky bacon. My husband, happily devouring his Saturday morning treat, looked up from his food trance and pronounced it “bougie.” In a way, he’s right. Egg sandwiches aren’t supposed to be this dressed up. Where’s the glop of American cheese? The slightly stale roll? The frost-bitten sausage patty just rescued from the deep freeze in the back of a dusty deli? And how could they forget to wrap it up in foil, allowing the steam to turn the whole thing into a literal hot mess?
No, no people. This egg sandwich ushers in a new frontier. It defies traditional logic. This is not supposed to be elevated cuisine, and yet, the warm egg is perfectly pillowed by a bun that’s both unctuous and soft when you sink your teeth into it. The tomato jam lends a sweet tang (one could never compare this to ketchup, but you get the connection), the arugula gives it a fresh, peppery zing and the bacon is meaty, salty and crisp, just as bacon should be. The surprise guest here is the pickled red onion. It shows up totally unexpected and steals the show, giving the sandwich that final bit of texture so lacking in your run of the mill deli hockey puck. The overall effect is an egg sandwich that’s light, colorful and somehow delicate. An oxymoron, to be sure.
The owners at Southdown Coffee take it one step further by using local eggs from Raleigh’s Farm in Kings Park, local tomatoes when in season (as the weather cools they are planning to switch to a seasonally appropriate apple chutney), rolls from famed Huntington bakery Reinwalds, and only the highest quality Niman Ranch pork. This is an egg sandwich you can feel good about eating; it doesn’t weigh you down all morning. Bonus!
I would venture to say that this is one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten, period. It’s perfectly balanced, carefully built. In case you were wondering, cheese is available, but I don’t think it needs it. Which for me is saying a lot, as I would sprinkle Parmigiano Reggiano over my Cheerios.
Currently this Huntington delicacy is only available on weekends, but the owners of Southdown Coffee are wise. They’re working towards making it available every day. So, basically, I’ll be 10 pounds up by New Year’s.
Head on over there and get one today. You can thank me later.